Our piano classes give performance opportunities for a wide range of abilities with classes from age 9 and under to Adult.
This year we are offering Own Choice classes for all ages and we hope that this will encourage everybody to enter whatever piece they are currently playing, maybe a favourite piece that suits their technical level and taste or maybe the exam piece that they enjoy the most. Some classes, especially in the older age range, are devoted to a particular period of music such as Baroque or Romantic, Modern or Jazz. There are also classes for pianists who are working towards or have just taken a Graded exam with no age stipulated.
Most of the children’s classes have a trophy for the 1st prize and silver and bronze medals for the 2nd and 3rd prizewinners. Where there is no trophy a gold medal is awarded to the winner.
- General: All the Festival’s General Rules apply to Music classes. Additional rules for Music are detailed below.
- Accompanist: A competent official accompanist will be provided. No other will be allowed.
- Pieces: No competitor may perform a piece with which they have previously been awarded first prize in this Festival. Own choices must be detailed on the entry form, and where there is an accompaniment, a copy must be sent with the entry form. Each piece must be stuck (not stapled) together in a way suitable for the accompanist. On the day of the competition the competitor must bring an original copy of each own choice piece for the adjudicator. Failure to do this will lead to cancellation of the entry. Pieces of music must be collected at the end of the class; any not collected will only be returned by post after the cost of postage is received.
- Musical Theatre: All music from shows is subject to copyright law. Songs from shows in current production may be sung as a concert item, with no movement or costume, without need for copyright permission. Where movement or costume is included in a performance copyright permission is required and the Festival committee accept these entries on the basis that copyright permission has been granted.
- Copyright: The Festival cannot be held responsible for any breaches of the copyright law and it should be noted that copyright regulations protect music works for 70 years after the death of the composer. The Music Publishers Association, however, has issued a Code of Practice on copyright works with the following concession: When an Own Choice Piece is selected from a publication containing several different works and which is not published separately, one copy may be made for the use of an adjudicator at a competition or festival provided that the competitor or participant has already purchased his/her own copy. The photocopy will be retained and destroyed by the administrator of the competition or festival immediately after the event. The permission specifically does not apply to set works. Other items must not be photocopied without the permission of the copyright holder in each case.
When using music downloaded from the Internet, the performer should also print off and submit the permission statement that accompanies the music submitted with the entry form.
- To meet Child Protection regulations, parents and guardians are required to ensure their child(ren) aged 16 and under, while travelling to, at or taking part in the Festival, is under their care or under the care of a responsible adult. In addition, on the day, they must confirm their child is fit and well to perform.
- Fees: Entrance fees are £5.50 for each children’s class, £6.50 for each open or adult class, £6 for each duet class and £3 per person in ensembles of 3 – 6 entrants. There is also an administration charge of £2.00 per entrant. On the day spectator fees are £5 for adults and £3 for children (8 years and above).
- All Music and Singing entry forms, with the proper fee, must be received by the Music Co-ordinator, Pippa Kirk, 38 Gregory Place, Lytham, FY8 4SB. Fees are non refundable. The closing date for Music and Singing entries for the 2020 festival is Friday 13th December 2019.
|P1||Age 9 and under Solo||Own choice|
|P2||Age 11 and under Solo||Own choice|
|P3||Age 12 and under Solo||Own choice|
|P4||Age 13 to 15 Solo||Own choice|
|P5||Age 16 to 18 Solo
|P6||Age 18 and under Baroque/Classical Solo
|P7||Age 18 and under Romantic/Modern Solo||Own choice|
|Graded Classes – any piece from a current examination syllabus|
|P8||Grades 1 and 2 Age 18 and under||Own choice|
|P9||Grades 3 and 4 Age 18 and under||Own choice|
|P10||Grades 5 and 6 Age 18 and under||Own choice|
|P11||Grades 7 and 8 Age 18 and under||Own choice|
|P12||Open Baroque or Classical Solo||Own choice|
|P13||Open Romantic/Impressionist/Modern Solo||Own choice|
|P14||Duet – Age 16 & under||Own choice|
|FINAL – one pianist from each of the following classes, P05, P06, P07, will be chosen to compete for the Sylvia Howard Trophy for the Most Promising Junior Pianist.||Own choice|
|Jazz Classes – Entrants may enter more than once if using different instruments.
|J01||Open Solo – Any age